US Officials Remark on Threats During House Committee Hearing

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( – On Wednesday, November 15, during a House Homeland Security Committee hearing, officials discussed how the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel had resulted in a heightened terrorist threat level in the United States.

The FBI director Christopher Wray said that he believes the US is in a “heightened threat environment,” according to The Hill. Wray also said that the FBI had been monitoring threats across the nation, many of which were targeting Muslim and Jewish institutions as well as individuals.

The committee chair Rep. Mark Green (R-Tenn.), in his remarks, argued that the US is less secure under President Joe Biden and added that this is one of the “most dangerous times” for the nation.

Many officials, including Wray, pointed out that the escalation of the Israel-Hamas war has threatened an increase in both international and domestic terrorism, which federal agencies have said they have had to fight against since the conflict escalated.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas pointed out that throughout 2023, there has been a heightened terrorism threat in the country, and that the recent attack against Israel has led to more focus being placed on individuals and institutions who are believed to be linked to the conflict.

Wray added that there are terrorist organizations and individuals across the world who have praised Hamas for the terrorist attack that led to hundreds of Israeli civilians losing their lives. He added that there has been an increase in the extremists targeting both Muslim and Jewish institutions and people through online pushes for attacks, bomb threats, and physical assaults.

Officials have said they are working to keep the US safe from these types of threats.

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